Dec 5, 2021 - World

Indonesia volcano eruption kills at least 13, injures dozens

Ash covers houses and trees on the slopes of Mount Semeru in Lumajang on Dec. 5. Photo: Aman Rochman/AFP via Getty Images

At least 13 people are dead and dozens are injured after Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupted, the country's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said in a statement Sunday.

Driving the news: At least 41 people suffered burn injuries from the eruption, according to the agency. The lava flow has also displaced more than 900 residents, with about 300 taking refuge in "educational facilities and village halls."

  • In the wake of the eruption, several areas were engulfed in darkness "due to fog from volcanic ash," the agency said.
  • Mount Semeru produced "a large pyroclastic flow" and an ash column that rose to an estimated 40,000-foot altitude, according to Volcano Discovery.
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